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M. Ann Levett, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Savannah-Chatham Co.
Public School System

208 Bull Street
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 395-5600

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A publication of the Savannah Chatham County Public School System's Budget Services Department, this information aims to help parents and the community understand the budget development process and other key financial issues. 

With a wide range of academic options that prepare students for college and a career, the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) is moving forward!  More and more families are looking to SCCPSS for their educational needs.  Students enjoy classroom lessons that inspire critical thinking, offer project based learning, and provide exposure to real world career opportunities.  At the conclusion of the 2018 school year, the 2018 Graduating Class earned more than $43 million dollars in scholarship awards and nearly 1,900 graduates received their diplomas in advance of moving on to some of the most prestigious universities across the nation.  Advanced Placement, Gifted Education Programs, Choice Programs, and Dual Enrollment Programs are a few examples of the many options available throughout the district that contribute to sustained academic growth and preparation for college or a career. 

As the 10th largest school system in the state of Georgia, our school district has a large footprint.  Geographically, we cover 426 square miles and now have schools from Tybee Island all the way to Bloomingdale.  Every school has its unique identity and represents the many communities we serve.  Our enrollment currently hovers close to 38,000 students and with the continued expansive growth in western Chatham County, we anticipate more families coming into the district to receive the high quality educational services we offer.  Our work to provide those services is supported by more than 5,600 employees that make up Savannah-Chatham Public Schools.  Our dedicated staff and faculty are working in departments that range from transportation and food services to specialized learning and instructional technology.  While there are many more departments that make up our school district, by far the largest employee base includes our 3,000+ classroom teachers who are working every day to provide teaching experiences that support the leaders of tomorrow.  We are proud that 99% of our educators are classified as “Highly Qualified” and bring their work experience from across many backgrounds and specialized areas of expertise.  Our focus on developing a premiere workforce that not only represents our classroom educators, but all employees of the school system, remains one of our primary focus areas as we continue to execute the strategic plan of the school district.

 2018-2019 Budget Briefs for more information click on the link below:

2018-2019 Budget Briefs 




SCCPSS Budget Community Meetings 2018

Millage Rate Comparisons.pdf 






The Board of Public Education for the City of Savannah and the County of Chatham will tentatively adopt a millage rate which will require an increase in property taxes by 15.67 percent. The 15.67 percent increase is above the roll-back millage rate of 16.323 mills. While the District’s property tax rate is proposed to increase, it does not mean that your individual property taxes will increase by 15.67%. For example, last year’s school board taxes for a home with a fair market value of $187,500 with a regular homestead exemption of $2,000 was approximately $1,214. With this proposed property tax increase, total taxes would be $1,378, an increase of $164 per year (13.5%) or $13.69 per month or $0.45 cents per day.


When the total digest of taxable property is prepared, Georgia law requires that a rollback millage rate must be computed that will produce the same total revenue on the current year’s digest that last year’s millage rate would have produced had no reassessments occurred.

 The budget tentatively adopted by The Board of Public Education for the City of Savannah and the County of Chatham requires a millage rate higher than the rollback millage rate, therefore, before The Board of Public Education for the City of Savannah and the County of Chatham may finalize the tentative budget and set a final millage rate, Georgia law requires three public hearings to be held to allow the public an opportunity to express their opinions on the increase.

 A property tax rate increase is necessary at this time due to slow property tax and sales tax revenue and increasing expenditures including:

  • 11% increase in State Health costs for classified employees
  • 4% increase in State Retirement costs for employees School staffing increases related to enrollment shifts
  • Increased staffing levels to support school safety and security
  • Increased staffing levels for the support of student wellbeing
  • Implementation of City of Savannah fire fees
  • Funding to bolster a declining fund balance (the school district’s emergency funding reserve)

The Savannah-Chatham County Public School’s property tax rate was last increased in 2015 and the District‘s property tax rate with the proposed increase will continue to remain much lower than the property tax rate of Georgia’s largest school districts. 

All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearings on this tax increase.  The meetings will be held in the Jessie Collier DeLoach Board Room of the Whitney Administrative Complex, 2 Laura Avenue, Savannah, Georgia on Wednesday, June 13, 2017 at 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM, and Wednesday, June 20, 2017 at 6:00 PM. 

New Information on Tax Digest History: See blue link below 

     Tax Digest History 2013-2018 - SCCPSS

Notice of Property Tax Increase FY19.pdf